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‘Streamlining’ does not necessarily always mean good news especially when it relates to large infrastructure projects but on the back of such an announcement from the Department for Transport, the latest update from Network Rail is on balance good news for West Berkshire. Although the completion date has been pushed back to December 2018, the decision has been taken to concentrate funding within the electrification programme to schemes that will bring the most passenger benefits to the most people in the shortest possible time. This means that electrification of the line to Newbury (and on to Bristol and Cardiff) is being prioritised and you should start seeing the benefits in 2017...

In the midst of a Global Spring

We are all familiar with the concept of the Arab Spring. The time when hope ignited peoples across the Middle East to overthrow established autocracies and political elites. I am now of the opinion that we are seeing something much more widespread. A Global Spring if you like. You can see it in the American Presidential race, in Brexit and you can follow the same thread that sees a third of French people now willing to vote for a racist party. It is making itself felt in elections in Italy, Spain, and Germany and in most established democracies in the world...

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Richard Benyon was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Newbury on 7 May 2015, with an increased majority of 26,368. Richard won 61 per cent of the vote share.



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